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  • How do y'all complete puzzles so fast?

    I don't understand how people are completing the puzzles so fast. Like, on a challenging 4x7 puzzle how is 130 seconds even enough to read all the clues? It took me about 2000 secs to complete. Obv I'm not as advanced as some people (the average was 800) but I just don't see how it's possible. Do you have any insight and/or tips besides practice?

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    I occasionally get sub-200 times if I get lucky with a) an easy puzzle and b) it's solvable using the top row alone (almost every clue is "A is more/less than B").
    By filling in all the "logical conclusions" in a grid, you end up spending a lot of time on housekeeping rather than solving. Of course, this practice can backfire in puzzles where those additional logical clues are necessary – you'd have to go back and re-evaluate each clue and fill in all the blank cells.
    Oh, and using your browser's Find in Page function to highlight puzzle terms is a huge time-saver when you first start a puzzle. Particularly for puzzles where the numerical sequence has a unique term, like "votes".

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    • #3
      I do my puzzles in groups so I don't keep going over things over and over again. First, the lists of multiple items so you can see them easily on the grid. Then I get all of the easy positives and negatives out of the way, then the weird ones with 3 or 4 comparing each other, so I'm left with all of the relationship ones by themselves. That way as much as possible is filled in before I tackle the remaining ones I've skipped that take the most time. Hope that helps.

      BTW I usually get just within the green area using this method, and doing it fairly quickly.
      Last edited by thecanuck; Yesterday, 11:23 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SheenaValentina View Post
        I don't understand how people are completing the puzzles so fast. Like, on a challenging 4x7 puzzle how is 130 seconds even enough to read all the clues? It took me about 2000 secs to complete. Obv I'm not as advanced as some people (the average was 800) but I just don't see how it's possible. Do you have any insight and/or tips besides practice?
        we just are really good

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        • #5
          I would say the same thing as Boxeeboxee, that when you just focus on the top row you can sometimes go lightning fast. Not every puzzle can be solved this way at least with my brain in its current state. Haha

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